Who is eligible
City Gate apartments are designated for participants of the Whatcom County Reentry Housing Program and Veterans. Individuals who meet the following criteria will be considered:
- 18 years or older
- Homeless at program entry
- Individuals under the supervision of DOC or exiting Whatcom County Jail
- Past history of residency in Whatcom County
- Income at or below 50% Area Median Income
- Committed to individual reentry plan and program participation requirements
- Veteran status
How to apply
The City Gate facility and programs are operated in partnership with other non-profit agencies. This program does not accept self-referrals. Please note: we do not accept reusable tenant screening reports from referral agencies.
- 38 studio apartments
- Washer/dryer in each unit
- On-site parking
- Utilities included in monthly rent
- Case management support services
- Close proximity to bus routes, schools and shopping
City Gate Apartments received EPA’s Energy Star in 2016 after executing several cost saving measures including solar installation, LED lighting, thermostat updates and a power saver plug-in. The facility was in the top ten percent of similar building types in the country that are green. To earn an Energy Star, a building must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency.
Who is eligible
- Individuals must be homeless at entry
- Residents need to have a documented mental health diagnosis or a documented substance use disorder diagnosis
- Exiting jail, hospitals, crisis centers, or inpatient treatment facilities
- 18 years or older male or female
- Past history of residency in Skagit County
- Required to pay a service fee of 30% of their income, or zero with no income
- Residents must be committed to compliance with case management and individual case management plans for more permanent housing
- Sobriety needs to be supported and resident must agree to monitoring through urinalysis and breathalyzers
How to apply
Complete a Pioneer Transition House referral form and submit to Todd Medearis by fax at 360-336-0117.
* All referents will be notified via email about pending openings within the program. Referrals need to include in fax:
- Resident info sheet
- Referral doc (2 pages)
- Copy of ID
- Verification of homelessness
- Verification of income
About Pioneer Transition House
Pioneer Transition House is a ten-bed transitional housing program that is co-ed. Five of the ten residents need to have documented mental health diagnosis and five need a documented substance use disorder diagnosis. Housing is approved on a month-to-month basis with a maximum stay of six months.
The housing program provides supportive services through intensive case management that is holistic in its approach. We also pride ourselves in connecting providers and community partners in a common place for a common goal, in support of our residents in transition to more permanent housing.
Carl, a past resident stated, “I was a chronic alcoholic for many years and my only goal was to die. Pioneer Transition House gave me a safe environment to deal with all my problems and addiction issues. The staff there cared about me and ensured that I get the counseling and treatment I needed. They really listened when I told them about my struggles. I got used to living around other people again in a community environment, and the pressures of every day life were brought on at a more manageable level. Currently, I am successfully living on my own in an apartment. On December 15, 2016 I will be celebrating four years of sobriety – thanks to all the staff at the Transition House!”
- One meal will be available daily and all residents will be offered an opportunity to participate in therapeutic preparation of community meals for the house.
- Once a resident is stabilized and routines are developed, we identify more permanent housing and extend our case management services up to six months after discharge.